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News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | May 29, 2017

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New Kent man to serve three months in jail after apparent drug overdose

By Andre Jones | May 2, 2017 12:06 am

A New Kent man who was found unconscious after an apparent drug overdose will serve three months in jail for possessing the illegal substance. Justin Tyler McLaughlin, 26, of the 6300 block of Hopewell Road, accepted an agreement by entering a plea of guilty to one count of possession of heroin during May 1 proceedings in New Kent Circuit Court. In a summary of evidence, on Sept. 15, 2016, Deputy Eric Quarles responded to an emergency call at the home of the defendant. Upon arriving, he saw McLaughlin passed out on the bathroom floor. Located near the defendant was a…
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Charles City, New Kent leaders adopt FY2017-18 budgets

By Andre Jones | April 26, 2017 9:24 pm

Leaders in Charles City and New Kent County adopted their budgets for FY2017-18 in recent meetings. Tuesday night in Charles City, county leaders voted unanimously to adopt a $27,425,116 budget for the upcoming year. Of that amount, local schools account for $10,033,196. The county’s real estate tax rate will remain at its current rate of 76 cents per $100 of assessed. Wednesday evening in New Kent, supervisors voted 3-2 to adopt a $62,404,748. Of that amount, $31,117,703 is tabbed for county schools. The county’s real estate tax will remain the same at 83 cents per $100 of assessed value. A…
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New Kent community forum brings drug issue to forefront

By Andre Jones | April 26, 2017 9:06 pm

With the ever-growing epidemic of drug usage and opioid overdoses, county and school leaders of New Kent heeded a suggestion from the New Kent Junior Woman’s Club to bring the issue to a limelight. Approximately 150 people sat in on a community forum at New Kent High School Wednesday evening to receive information and advice on battling drugs and the methods of obtaining them. Two hours of dialogue yielded advice from a number of local leaders as well as representatives of law enforcement. Board of Supervisors chairman and District 5 representative Ray Davis’ opening remarks echoed how the issue is…
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Inmate captured after accidentally released from Henrico Jail East in New Kent

By Community Member | April 26, 2017 1:56 am

A New Kent man who was accidently released from Henrico Jail East was recaptured shortly afterwards. Howard Allen Groffel, 51, was accidently released from the facility Tuesday night around 9 p.m. State and local authorities began the combing area, receiving information that he was spotted in the area of Route 33 and Angel View Lane. Authorities are not saying when or where he was captured. Groffel appeared in New Kent General District Court on several charges that include violating a protective order and obstruction of justice. He is being held on those charges pending an appeal hearing in New Kent…
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Judge upholds 18-month recommendation by jury in Charles City animal cruelty case; imposes additional six months for probation violation

By Andre Jones | April 21, 2017 11:26 pm

A former Charles City woman will serve 24 months in jail on 13 charges of misdemeanor animal cruelty following formal sentencing Friday afternoon in Charles City Circuit Court. Judge Thomas B. Hoover followed the recommendations made by a jury during a three-day trial in early April, sentencing Rhiannon Renee Vitiello, 31, formerly of the 9500 block of Sturgeon Point Road, to 12 months in jail on one count of misdemeanor animal cruelty and 15 days in jail on each of the remaining charges of animal cruelty. In addition, the defendant received an additional six months in jail as part of…
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Attempted jail escape ends with injuries to inmates in New Kent

By Community Member | April 19, 2017 11:33 am

Two men who attempted to escape from Henrico Jail East in New Kent are now recovering at a local medical facility after sustaining injuries. According to a press release, around 9 p.m. on Apr. 18, Frank Arthur and Clayton Musselman were seen on surveillance cameras attempting to scale a fence to escape the jail. The two were cut on the fence’s razor wire and one of the suspects fell to the ground before they were apprehended by New Kent deputies. Both inmates sustained serious injuries during the escape attempt. Arthur is currently facing charges of manufacturing a controlled substance out…
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Rezoning at busy intersection receives unfavorable recommendation from New Kent’s Planning Commission

By Andre Jones | April 18, 2017 6:05 am

As New Kent continues to be one of the fastest growing counties over the past five years in the state of Virginia, it’s only natural for businesses to inquire about prospective locations to serve citizens and customers. But a proposal to rezone 1.6 acres of land from agriculture to business at a busy intersection sparked red flags at the Apr. 17 regular meeting of the county’s planning commission. Citing safety concerns and a lack of information from Virginia’s Department of Transportation (VDOT), commissioners voted 7-1 to send a non-favorable recommendation to county supervisors for rezoning the land located at the…
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Virginia Beach teen pleads guilty to five charges after high speed chase in New Kent

By Andre Jones | April 15, 2017 11:48 am

A Virginia Beach teenager who led a variety of police departments on a high-speed chase through New Kent elected to accept a plea agreement on Apr. 14 during New Kent Circuit Court proceedings. Morris Von Westlove II, 18, entered guilty pleas to two counts of felony destruction of property, one count of felony eluding, a single count of obtaining a credit card without permission, and an amended charge of assault and battery on a law enforcement officer (originally attempted capital murder). Two charges of felony destruction of property, two charges of misdemeanor reckless driving, and one charge of misdemeanor trespassing…
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No speakers at budget hearings

By Andre Jones | April 11, 2017 10:29 pm

Citizens elected not to speak at respective hearings on county budgets for New Kent and Charles City County. Monday’s board meeting in New Kent on the proposed $64.6 million operating budget yielded no comments. The real estate tax is expected to remain at 83 cents per $100 of assessed value while the property tax is projected at $3.75 per $100 for the upcoming year. In Charles City Tuesday night, citizens elected to forgo remarks on the county’s $27.4 million budget. The real estate tax rate has been labeled to stay neutral at 76 cents per $100 of assessed value.

Former Charles City sheriff succumbs

By Community Member | April 11, 2017 11:00 am

A man who served Charles City County for a dozen years as sheriff has died. James “Jimmy” Bowman passed away on Apr. 8, at the age of 89 years old. Bowman served the people of Charles City from 1984-1996. He was also elected as president of the Virginia Sheriff’s Association and served in that capacity during the 1994-95 fiscal year of the organization.

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